Tell the importance of trucks in providing freight service to towns served
by no other means. Name some towns in your area served only by trucks.
Describe how trucks fit in with other forms of transportation.
Describe the difference between the gasoline engine and the diesel engine
that power trucks. List the advantages of each.
Visit a truck terminal and do the following:
Check the use of communications facilities. What means are used? How
does a dispatcher control over-the-road trucks? How does the dispatcher
control local trucks?
Find out from the maintenance department the following: How many miles
are engines run between overhauls? How do they get better tire life? How are
breakdowns prevented? What maintenance work is done by the company? What
work is done outside the company?
Talk with a professional truck driver about safety. List five
safe-driving rules he or she follows.
Outline the general organization of a truck company. Describe what each
Do the following:
List five jobs with trucking companies. Describe each.
Talk with the safety director or driver supervisor about the
requirements for becoming a professional truck driver.
Name five governmental agencies that regulate trucking. Tell what they
List five different kinds of trucks. Tell the service each gives.
Assume that you are going to ship 100 pounds from your town to another by
truck. Explain in writing how you would handle this shipment from your town to
a place 500 miles away. Tell when the things are needed. List what truck lines
are used. Tell how the shipment is insured for damage. Tell when it must be
made if it is to arrive on time.